Yes, sir, they are.
While we're on the subject, Colonel...
There's something that l'd like to say.
The morale of this company is in what
l consider to be a dangerous condition.

Oh? And what do you suppose
brought this about, Lieutenant?

I think it stemmed from
what happened at Aachen.

Colonel, l know you
and Captain Cooney are very close.

Maybe l'm sticking my neck out on this,
but the feeling among the men is that
the captain... that he chickened out there.

That your opinion, too?
He had the only reserve.
He might've done something.

On the other hand he may have felt
his reserve wasn't strong enough.

Then the facts are hardly conclusive.
It's not a matter of conclusive facts, sir!
Colonel, can l talk to you straight?
Rank and all that aside?

I don't see why not.
Don't suppose whatever it is you want
to go beyond the two of us. Shoot.

Colonel, you know
Captain Cooney better than...

..better than any man in this division,
maybe better than any man alive.

I know Erskine. Ever since l was
14 years old, a clerk in the judge's office.

You know his good points
and his shortcomings.

- Go on.
- You know he fouled up there at Aachen.

He cost the lives of a whole squad.
A good sergeant, a good lieutenant.

Think what he could do
if this company got in a real bind.

Come on, son, give me the punch line.
You want me to kick Erskine upstairs?

- Yes, sir, as a matter of fact...
- It figures.

And it's not a bad solution. But there's
some points you're not considering.

You talked straight to me
and l'm gonna talk straight to you.

I'd appreciate your discretion. This is
in confidence between you and me.